Before I reluctantly return the Pearly King suit borrowed for Maison&Objet, I just had to do more photos of it.
The suit is about 130 years old and is a Harris tweed costermonger’s suit which has been made into a full smoother suit.
I feel a bit like I’m stretching the hospitality of Phil Oakley of Oakley Illuminations and the Pearly Kings and Queens by showing the suit again but when I showed the valets wearing it at Maison&Objet recently, I could have sold it within five minutes of the doors opening.
There were four hundred Pearly Kings and Queens in 1930. Now there are five original families left who dress up to raise money for the poor, sick and needy.
Pearly suits are traditionally made by the Pearly Kings themselves and the best pearly buttons, said to keep evil out and good in, have always come from Japan.
Now I think I really have to send that thank you to the Pearly Kings and Queens I spoke to last year about borrowing a suit before I was lucky enough to run into Phil and his suit.